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Morgen’s masks getting noticed

Morgen Schinnour showing off one of her newest creations as a mask designer

 

There is an old adage that says “do you what you love and you won’t work a day in your life.” One Drumheller woman has taken her passions and turned them into her calling.

Last time “the Mail” caught up with Morgen Schinnour, she had established Schinny Designs in Lethbridge, specializing in custom goalie masks, had designed masks for the

National Ringette team, and saw her AJHL debut as the Drumheller Dragons’ Jonny Hogue donned one of her creations.

Moving forward a year and a half, she is taking more and more orders, in what has become her full-time job. This summer, in particular, has been busy.

“It kind of just happened in a frenzy in the last couple months,” she said.

She just completed three masks for the University of Saskatchewan, The Lethbridge Pronghorns and the University of PEI.

“I had five university masks all in one short period,” she said.

“I thought it was pretty awesome.”

She also had a mask debut in the WHL for Ryan Gilchrist of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

These are the kinds of high profile masks that will help to build her reputation as a designer and artist in a very small, but competitive market.

To make her mark means designing unique masks, but also making contacts and sometimes just good luck.

“For the Saskatchewan Huskies ones, it was word of mouth. I did two last year for the Huskies; one was a returning goalie on the men’s team and the other two were for the women… the equipment manager for the women’s team saw my work for the men’s and said ‘oh, wow, let’s do this,’” she said

Others are finding her on the Internet or on social media.

She chuckles that she landed her WHL mask by doing a little “stalking.”

“I messaged him (Gilchrist) on Instagram personally because I noticed his mask was blank white,” she said.

She has found there is no off season in her line of work.

“This year it has been pretty steady year round. I changed the way I am doing orders, I am taking deposits and booking them in line,” she said. “Last year I had a little bit stressful situation because in August I had 11, and in June and July I had a total of four. So this year in January I started booking in advance, and now I’m fully booked until November.”

“I am averaging around 50-55 a year.”


Rumsey ball player at Canada Summer Games

Garrett Halowath headshot

Garrett Holowath (20) of Rumsey, Alberta, will play baseball for the U21 Alberta team at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg from July 28 to August 13.

After one of the coaches in the same men’s league approached him to play for the team, Holowath made his way through try-outs to make the Alberta team.

“I’m left handed and that really helped me,” said Holowath. “I think it gave me a little advantage compared to the rest of the guys.”

After lots of experience and games, Holowath was ready to tackle something higher on the ladder.

“I’ve been playing ball for most of my life so it just kind of worked out and an opportunity presented itself to go and I took it and now we are in Manitoba,” Holowath said.

The team officially formed in October of last year and have been practicing ever since. They have competed at senior men’s tournaments for the last month and a half in order to prepare for the upcoming Summer Games.

For the next 17 days, Holowath will be playing at the John Blumberg Softball Complex in Winnipeg. Sure to be in the cheering section would be Holowath’s family as his grandparents reside in the centre province.

“My grandparents live in Manitoba so I’ve been coming out here to Portage, Oakville area for my entire life every other summer,” said Holowath.

Holowath is excited and proud to be representing his home province of Alberta.

“It’s a great opportunity and I’m pretty pumped to be out here.”

Stingers win silver at provincials

stingers

The Drumheller Stingers, peewee boys baseball team headed to provincials last weekend and came home with a silver medal.

The team qualified for the championship tournament and earned a spot in Tier 1 of like sized communities. They headed to Trochu for the playoffs.

Coach Lyle Cawiezel said the Stingers matched up in pool play versus Trochu, Clive and Dawson Creek. He said the competition was very well matched and they had to go to a tie breaking formula to determine the ranking. Drumheller made it to the semifinals.

There, they faced Westlock and cruised to a 14-12 win.

“It was a close game and towards the end we kind of held on and it went down to the final out,” said Cawiezel.

This win put them into the championship versus Trochu. The Stingers knew they were in tough as they faced them in the qualifying tournament.

“Trochu is a really good team, they are solid and went undefeated through the whole provincial tournament,” said Cawiezel. “We knew we were going to be in tough and the boys battled really hard, but in the end, it was over for us.”

Trochu won 15-6.

“Trochu is a really good hitting team and they have pitchers that are really tough to hit off,” He said. “We never gave up and we tried to keep up with them but they were just too tough.”

This was a great finish for the Stingers, and Cawiezel said it has been quite some time since they fielded a provincial team.

“It was their first kick at provincial ball, and they figured it out and did really well,” he said.


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